Today’s photo, one of my supposed to be daily photos, is of some teacups and a samovar in my home. I like these cups, they are from Russia and so is the samovar. You can just see the samovar in the background. I’ve taken quite a few shots of these teacups trying out film, or flash or as now part of my daily photo regimen. They’ve never worked before. But this time was different. And the difference is that here I have caught the light. It’s what photography is all about, isn’t it? I noticed the sunburst on the cup lip and said to myself, “maybe this will be my lucky shot”. I did put a canvas texture on it to give it a bit more ambiance, but it’s the light that makes the shot.
The other thing I did differently is my viewpoint. Instead of shooting from my height, looking down at the tabletop, I shot at eye level to the cup. This, too, enhances the image. I had a teacher once who said the average person always shot the 5’6″ shot. Meaning that they shot every thing from a standing position. Vary your position from bird’s eye, to worm’s eye and in between to make your photos more interesting.